Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage - Draft 1

Project Summary

SkillsIQ, under the direction of the Complementary Health Industry Reference Committee (IRC), has undertaken a project to update the Massage Therapy Training Package Qualifications and related Units of Competency to align to the changing duties of existing and future job roles for all Massage Therapists.
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Draft 1 consultation is now open for the following updated Qualification and Units of Competency:

Qualifications:

  • HLT62021 Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage (New)
  • Units of Competency:

    • HLTMSG019 Perform advanced remedial massage assessments (New)
    • HLTMSG020 Provide advanced remedial massage treatments (New)
    • HLTMSG021 Apply advanced remedial massage clinical practice (New).
    • Consultation Activities and Timelines

      National consultation on Draft 1 will take place from Monday, 07 June 2021 and will close at 5:00pm on Friday, 25 June 2021. A Consultation Guide, which should be read in conjunction with the Draft 1 Training Package Products, is available for download at the bottom of this page.

      Following the close of the consultation period, feedback received will be collated and evaluated. This feedback will inform the development of Draft 2, which will be made publicly available for validation prior to the submission for endorsement.

      To remain up to date with project developments, please subscribe to SkillsIQ’s mailing list at https://www.skillsiq.com.au/Subscribetoournewsletter.aspx.

      Consultation Activities: Draft 1

      A series of webinars will be held along with access to SkillsIQ’s Online Feedback Forum page.

      Date                                                          Time
      Webinar 1: Wednesday, 9 June 2021  11:00am–12:00pm AEST - closed
      Webinar 2: Tuesday, 15 June 2021      1:00pm–2:00pm AEST - closed
      Webinar 3: Tuesday, 22 June 2021      11:00am–12:00pm AEST - closed

      Please click here to view the webinar slides.

      Further Information

      For more information, or to discuss, please contact Patrick Cummings at patrick.cummings@skillsiq.com.au or by telephone at (02) 9392 8100 or 0429 600 586.

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Advanced Diploma of Remedial Massage - Draft 1 Consultation Guide

Recent Comments

Rebecca Barnett 23.06.2021

"I find the consultation platform clunky. I think it poses a barrier for many industry practitioners to take part in the feedback process. In consultations that took place under the former CSHISC, the massage consultations used to garner hundreds of responses with strong representation from practitioners. Thus far, I can only see around a dozen people feedbacking on this platform. I am deeply concerned that this consultation will not be broadly representative. "

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Rebecca Barnett 23.06.2021

"Having now worked my way through all three "advanced" competencies, I am struggling to see the point in the advanced diploma in its current form. I cannot see any workforce development issues being addressed and am disappointed that we seem to have conjured from thin air the concepts of advanced assessment, advanced techniques and an advanced remedial massage therapist. Apart from incorporating much needed pain and research literacy content, I cannot see how the advanced diploma is differentiated from the diploma. The industry's single biggest workforce challenge is to address the epidemic of unstable employment. AMT adds around 1300 new practice addresses for our members per year, a concrete data point that shows just how much movement there is between clinics. The proposed qualification will do nothing to address this nor to create opportunities for stable employment. We are obsessed with entrepreneurship at the expense of creating new opportunities for permanent employment in recognised healthcare settings. (For example, have we taken on board any of the findings of the aged care royal commission or the recommendations that will create a window for us to embed massage therapists into aged care facilities? We can only do this if therapists acquire relevant competencies in the advanced dip.) If we would like to see therapists working in more traditional healthcare settings such as aged care, palliative and hospital settings, and even individual support settings through the NDIS, then the Ad Dip needs to develop competency to prepare therapists for work in those areas rather than focusing on piling on modalities and techniques. Therapists express all the time about working within the NDIS or in the settings mentioned above but there is currently nothing to prepare them for this work. To address this, I would like to see a similar approach adopted to the Allied Health Assistance qual, which allows candidates to develop skills in a particular area of practice through elective streams. Otherwise, as things stand, the industry would be far better off developing a series of skills sets that RTOs could pick up and offer to therapists interested in developing their skills in a particular area of practice, such as oncology, or palliative, or chronic disease. This current grab bag of modalities approach achieves nothing. I am also immensely disappointed by the use of skewed survey results to inform the development of this qualification. The SkillsIQ pool of respondents was tiny and unrepresentative. And asking people what content they want in an advanced diploma without any consideration for the workforce development implications is next to useless. It is also unclear why weight is put on this (smaller) survey, with the outcomes of a previous survey with twice the numver of respondents seemingly overlooked? "

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Rebecca Barnett 23.06.2021

"I am not sure how you have reached this conclusion. There has been no proposal make the advanced diploma the entry level to health fund provider status from any party. It is also unclear how associations would benefit financially from this qualification. "

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Rebecca Barnett 23.06.2021

"Remedial Therapy is a meaningless title."

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Rebecca Barnett 23.06.2021

"This whole naming issue is very boring. I am tired of massage being run down. "

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